Soon every taxi in Dubai may have free WiFi.
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and telecoms firm du are set to embark on a joint project to fit all taxis in Dubai - about 10,800 cabs - with free WiFi.
The entities have signed a cooperation agreement on the sidelines of GITEX 2018, saying the deal demonstrated their commitment to support the efforts of ranking Dubai as the smartest and happiest city in the world.
Osman Sultan, CEO of du, said: "We are pleased to sign this agreement with RTA to provide smart services and Wi-Fi technology onboard taxis in Dubai. This initiative is an important step in our efforts to support the UAE Government’s Vision 2021 for providing accessible modern telecommunication services."
"According to the agreement, du will start fitting the required devices to taxis. All fleet vehicles of the six franchise companies operating in Dubai will be covered by the service within one year from the date of signing this agreement," added Ahmed Hashim Bahrozyan, CEO of RTA’s Public Transport Agency.
The WiFi service is also available at more than 400 hotspots in the UAE including the Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, shopping centres, Emaar Boulevard Downtown, and the Global Village.